The construction industry continues to evolve with heightened awareness of safety hazards and a push towards safer work environments and practices. The challenge for all contractors is to maintain a reasonable balance of productivity, quality and safety to ensure an injury-free outcome. When schedule and budget are compressed and greater emphasis is placed on production, injuries are more likely to occur.
Liberty Mutual Insurance and The Center for Construction Research and Training annually recognize innovative evidence-based technologies, work practices, and programs (interventions) designed to reduce or eliminate construction hazards that lead to injuries and pain in the construction industry with the Safety Innovation Award in Construction.
The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ was awarded “Safety Innovation Award in Construction 2021 Finalist” for its ability to improve job site safety through risk reduction.
Use of lower-consequence power tools in the form of a drill versus a pneumatic nail gun and circular saw to prepare and install components reduces injury risk. Unitized delivery and movement via a wheeled cart to the point of installation minimizes lifting and carrying risks.
No nails or screws are used that present a cut or impalement hazard.
A manufactured engineered system conforms to the OSHA guardrail performance requirements, which provides safer working conditions and lower risk of violation.
The application of swing gates provides secured access.
An integrated toe board provides falling object prevention, and debris netting is easily installed using clips.
Less time is spent at a leading edge installing an engineered rail versus a wood rail, further reducing risk.
“The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ is far superior to wood railings: installs quicker, zero material waste, zero time spent on maintenance. Most importantly, our subcontractors report they feel safer working around a stout metal guardrail system vs wood.” – Superintendent, Mortenson
About Hilmerson Safety
Hilmerson Safety® is a full-service safety product design and manufacturing company serving the construction industry. Since 2001 Hilmerson Safety® has been working with construction industry leaders and contractors to develop safe, lean, construction grade™ products and solutions that add to the company’s bottom line. Contact us for more information on our patented and innovative Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ and Hilmerson Barrier Fence System™.
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